Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign, February 1862

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Stackpole Books, 2003 - History - 346 pages
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  • Selected as Honorable Mention for the 2004 Albert Castel Book Award

    With the collapse of the Confederate defenses at Forts Henry and Donelson on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, the entire Tennessee Valley was open to Union invasion and control. These Northern victories set up the 1864 Atlanta Campaign that cut the Confederacy in two. Had Confederate planning and leadership been better, no one can say what difference it might have made to the Civil War in the West and the outcome of the war itself.


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    User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

    Kendall D. Gott's study of the Forts Henry and Donelson campaign is a competent analysis from the commander's viewpoint with all the right stuff: colorful characters, good pacing, plenty of maps ... Read full review

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    User Review  - Blake - Goodreads

    The title is an exaggeration, but this early campaign set the south in the direction to lose. The author did a good job describing the hectic early days of the war creating armies, river fleets and ... Read full review


    From Plowshares to Swords MarchAugust 1861
    Gunboats on Western Waters 1861
    Autumn of Blunders SeptemberDecember 1861
    Prelude to Battle January 1862
    The Battle of Fort Henry February 26 1862
    The Tennessee River Raid February 612 1862
    The Gathering of the Hosts February 711 1862
    First Contact Tuesday February 12 1862
    Opening Round Wednesday February 13 1862
    The Vise Tightens Thursday February 14 1862
    The Confederate Attack Saturday Morning February 15 1862
    The Afternoon of Decision Saturday February 15 1862
    A Disgraceful Surrender Sunday February 16 1862
    The Final Analysis

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    Kendall D. Gott is a military historian for the Combat Studies Institute at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the author of several articles and studies on American military history, including the book In Glory's Shadow: The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991.

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